Anime Club – Danganronpa: The Animation

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we go ahead and join the sadistic Monobear in Danganronpa: The Animation.

DANGANRONPA: THE ANIMATION

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CREATED BY: Seiji Kishi

NO. OF EPISODES: 13

GENRE: Murder Mystery

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Japan

utw_danganronpa_the_animation-01The series revolves around the elite high school, Hope’s Peak Academy which, every year, selects several “Ultimate” students, talented high school students who are in the top of their field, along with one average “Ultimate Lucky Student” who is chosen by lottery.

In Danganronpa: The Animation Makoto Naegi, an average student selected to join Hope’s Peak Academy, arrives at the school only to lose consciousness and later find himself trapped inside the school, along with fourteen other students. There, a sadistic remote-controlled teddy bear by the name of Monokuma announces that the students will be forced to live in the school forever, offering only one way to graduate: murder another student and get away with it. When a crime scene is discovered, a “class trial” is held, in which the remaining students must discuss amongst themselves who the murderer is. If they can successfully figure out who murdered the victim, the culprit alone will be executed. However, if they guess incorrectly, the culprit will be able to leave the school and everyone else will be executed.

maxresdefaultDanganronpa has to be one of the more “interesting” series I have watched in a long time. After finishing off perhaps my favorite anime of the year so far (Death Parade) I accidentally stumbled upon Danganronpa. In comparison to the video game, Danganronpa actually has a very video game aesthetic look in many scenes, the class trials in particular. The mysteries are incredibly well thought out, as I love trying to solve the mysteries before the characters and I couldn’t for the most part. The main core group of characters, I would say 6 out of 12, are interesting. In a series like this, you have to accept that most of the characters are just cannon fodder. The animation is key here, as it changes each time a murderer is figured out, almost degrading as the character is losing their life. Utterly fantastic.

While I did enjoy Danganronpa very much, there were some issues that stuck in my mind, even now as I am writing this. Without going into spoiler territory, there are some instances during the “Class Trials” that bother me as a mystery enthusiast. Danganronpa falls dangerously into the “character brings to light key evidence at an opportune time” trope. I understand that it is decent writing if done correctly, but it still bothers me to the bitter end. Oh, did I mention the cannon fodder. Beyond maybe 6 characters, I did not care what would happen to them sorry.

PROS:

  • Video game aesthetic.
  • Well thought out mysteries.
  • Interesting main core characters.
  • Animation changes.

CONS:

  • Cannon fodder characters.
  • Trial tropes.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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Anime Club: Dead Leaves

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have Dead Leaves.

DEAD LEAVES

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CREATED BY: Hiroyuki Imaishi 

STARRING: Takako Honda, Kappei Yamaguchi, Yūko Mizutani

GENRE: Science Fiction

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Japan

Retro and Pandy, two unlikely renegades, awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past, but with dead-leaves-pictures-1superior physical abilities. After embarking on a brief but devastating crime spree for food, clothing and transportation in downtown Tokyo, they are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous prison called Dead Leaves, on the half-destroyed Moon.

Once incarcerated, Retro and Pandy are subjected to the activities taking place inside the prison facility, such as forced labor, straitjackets and mandatory defecation. During one such time, he meets Chinko, an inmate with a drill for a penis. 666 and 777, the super-powered prison guards, demonstrate their power when 777 flicks an inmate in the face, killing him along with everybody else behind him.

DEAD_LEAVES-7_1101257743So this week we are doing Dead Leaves? Really? Fine. Dead Leaves is an interesting film to say the least. Ultra-violence is key here, as the film is uber-ridiculous at every single moment. I really enjoyed the animation style, as it is crisp and clean yet comical at the same time. It understands to not take itself too seriously. What would make Dead Leaves even better? A little touch from Rob Zombie.

I came across Dead Leaves as a recommendation from all of you lovely people. Y’all are just demented and I love you for it. The ultra-violence this does lead to some serious “laugh out loud” moments, the over the top nature could have been a little too much for me. I mean, who would even give an offspring machine guns? Why? I just want to end this review with this…drill penis.

PROS:

  • Interesting story.
  • Animation style.
  • Ultra-violence.

CONS:

  • Drill Penis.
  • Over the top action.
  • Crazy plot.

SCORE: 6.5/10

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Anime Club: Log Horizon

Hello everyone! For this week’s anime club we have the trapped in a video game series Log Horizon.

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DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Shinji Ishihara

NO. OF EPISODES: 25

GENRE: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

YEAR: 2013-2014

COUNTRY: Japan

horriblesubs-log-horizon-25-720p-mkv_snapshot_04-41_2014-03-23_20-20-22Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, “Cultivate the Noosphere,” is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn’t very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players.

Oh look, another anime about people stuck in a video game! Sorry if this comes across as Sword Art Online vs Log Horizon, but that is the mindset I went into my first viewing with. This is also only regarding Log Horizon I, as Log Horizon II will be another time. The animation for Log Horizon was solid, thanks to Satelight. I did also watch Log Horizon English dubbed and found that the voice acting was on point. Once I watch Log Horizon II subbed I will be able to compare voice actors.lh6loghorizon

Overall Log Horizon had a pretty decent cast of characters, but except for Shiroe (which on second thought he is too, just not into a specific classification) they fall into too many of the traditional character archetypes. I’m not sure exactly why, but I expected a little more uniqueness from Log Horizon. Also, why didn’t Shiro figure out the way back to the real world in the first season? He tried so hard to make this place livable that he forgot the bigger picture.

PROS:

  •  Genre.
  • Animation.
  • Cast of characters.
  • Voice Acting.

CONS:

  •  Character archetypes.
  • Plot holes.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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